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August 2013
message from alan cransberg, chairman and managing director, alcoa of australia
 
Just recently I presented an update on the quarter two results to let people know how we are tracking. I doubt anyone was surprised to hear that times are still tough and this looks set to continue for the next two to three years. However, Western Australia is doing well. Wagerup and Pinjarra continue to make money and I am also very confident that in the next quarter, Kwinana too, will make a profit. There is some significant restructuring to do there but the workforce understands the need for change for us to make this refinery competitive. Our smelting operations continue to challenge us – the teams at both Point Henry and Portland have done a good job minimizing costs but there is more to do for us to survive the downturn. Overall, I am very pleased with our people’s commitment to making this organization as robust as it can be.
 
Even during our tough times, we still have a role to play in the community. We depend on the community for support and in many ways, they depend on us. Alcoa has always fostered a unique culture of community engagement which encourages employees to support their local communities and play an active role in addressing some of the local and global issues.
 
One of our community programs which you don’t tend to hear much about is Alcoans in Motion. This initiative supports employees who join in group physical activities for charity.  Alcoans in Motion provides the opportunity for our employees and their friends and families to contribute to not-for-profit organizations that are important to them, while engaging in healthy activities. The organisation not only benefits from the support of Alcoa employees but also benefits by receiving financial support from Alcoa.
 
Since last year Alcoans in Motion have supported Chevron City to Surf, Teen Challenge International, Run Geelong, Beats Cycle for Hope Portland, Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research South West, and RSPCA Paws Walk.

Every Alcoa site has two grants of $2,500 to give away during the year. One of the great things about this program is that many of our sites involve their employee Wellness Committees in choosing which event and local charities are awarded these grants. It is a great program that I urge you to find out more about.
 
Enjoy reading this edition of Community e-news. We have a lot going on in the business and we like to be able to share it with you. So until next time, stay safe and happy reading.
 
Cheers
Alan


 


part of our everyday lives

Statue of Liberty’s crown reopens and visitors enjoy view through Alcoa Traco windows
Since 4 July, visitors have once again been able to make the 20-minute climb to the crown of the Statue of Liberty after a massive renovation that added two staircases and an elevator that can take less mobile visitors to the top of the statue's pedestal.
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our business

Securing our energy future
Alcoa is securing its future by contributing more than $100 million into sourcing natural gas supplies to run its Western Australia operations.
In June this year, Alcoa celebrated the first flow of gas from the Red Gully gas plant through the Dampier to Bunbury pipeline to Alcoa’s three refineries.
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part of the solution

Working towards a greener world
From 21 April to 21 June, Alcoa employees around the world volunteered their time to support local environmental projects as part of Alcoa’s Green Works program.
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partnering stronger communities

Commitment to the community
This year’s winner of the Alcoa sponsored Community Award in the Western Australian of the Year Awards was Youth Focus Chief Executive Jennifer Allen.
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our people

Thanks a million...make that three
The Alcoa of Australia employee charity PEACH (Personnel Employed at Alcoa Charity Help) recently celebrated reaching a significant fundraising milestone - $3 million. All of these funds have been donated by employees via payroll deductions.
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If you would like to learn more about Alcoa’s operations and contribution to the
Australian community, visit www.alcoa.com.au.
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